These are the best thing you can do when you’re going to travel in the country of Iceland…
- First stop was Hallgrimskirkja Church, it is the biggest Lutheran church in Iceland, and it is mainly known for its form; indeed, it seems that a waterfall in the south of Iceland inspires it.
The church is open to the public, and it also has a tower where you can have a 360 view of Reykjavik but attention!
And don’t make our same mistake; we couldn’t reach the top of the building because there was a music concert and they closed the church before the closing time.
- Relax day at Reyadalur. We choose to avoid the Blue Lagoon because it is very touristic, artificial and also costly. We rented a car, and we went to Reyjadalur; we were pleased about this decision because our day has been unique and relaxing; it is just a 1h drive from Reykjavik and around a 1-hour walk to reach the river with the hot pool.
The walk is lovely and relatively easy, it is a little uphill but not too difficult and everyone can do it. After almost one hour we arrived on a river of hot water. I immediately pull off my clothes and jumped into it.
We spent a fabulous relaxing day basking in this warm water with beautiful nature around, and the best part was knowing that outside the water the temperatures were low, but you could not feel the cold.
I think that this doesn’t need a description because the pictures speak for themselves. I have to say that the relaxation that you have in your body after some time here is something unique even if my legs turned into jelly and walking back to the car became so complicated.
- Skógafoss .They are formed from in the Skoga river which runs through the Skogargil canyon until descending from the Kambfjoll mountain. In this canyon, there are up to twenty waterfalls of various sizes, and different ranges and all together are a natural heritage since 1987.
Skogafoss waterfalls are 15 meters wide and 62 meters high and thanks to their height when they descend they create a wonderful rainbow. You can see the waterfalls from the bottom or with a walk, a bit uphill, and you can visit them from the top.
I’ve never seen such a wonderful spectacle as this waterfall.
- Iceland has twenty-six glaciers and the fourth bigger, Sólheimajökull, is only two hours away from Reykjavik, so it is a must on your trip. This glacier is the easiest to reach because it doesn’t have high mountains around it, but some grand volcanos surround it, probably you all know about the eruption in 2010 that stopped most of the airports in all of Europe, well that Vulcan is here.
The glacier is 11km-long, but of course, it can suffer variation with climate change, and if the climate continues to warm up, there is the possibility that the glacier will disappear in around 100-200 years.
We parked close to the glacier, indeed after a 10 minutes’ walk, we arrived at the most incredible view, I was astonished by the gorgeous panorama of a white expanse of ice and nothing else around.
- After a few stops for photos and following a lunch in the small village of Vik we moved to the famous and beautiful Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. It was a bit crowded but not too full to not enjoy the view.
The beach is famous for three main things: the black sand due to the volcano eruption, the mountain Reynisfjall and Hálsanefshellir cave formed by the erosion of the sea and today typical Icelandic birdhouses and the roar, of course, of the Atlantic waves.
- The last stop of this other wonderful trip has been the waterfall of Seljalandsfoss. This waterfall is particular because it can be fully encircled.
- All Iceland has been beautiful and surprising, but the best thing that I saw was the unforgettable spectacle of the North Light. I decided, even here, to book a private tour because I wanted to be sure to have the perfect spot to see them and also because I love to discover the story and legends behind them.
I originally booked the tour for the first night that I spent in Iceland. We went to a perfect location with no light, no houses and no people; the place was excellent, but unfortunately, it was too cloudy, and the lights were a little bright, and we didn’t have the chance to see the Aurora properly.
After speaking with an expert tour guy I re-booked the tour for Tuesday, we went to another place and finally at eleven o’clock the most beautiful show appeared; and what a fantastic experience, which I will remember forever!
Do you also know why I’m going to remember it? The jeep got stuck in the mud, and we had to push the car to get home.
This post is a collaboration with Ms. Teresa Vanin, owner of www.tastravelnow.com
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